Microsoft won their UDRP for microsoftapproval.com, xboxsafety.com and xboxaccount.com in what was no surprise as the registrant did not even respond. The UDRP was decided by a one person panel and was an easy win. What surprised me was how fast Microsoft jumped on these names. The names were registered all by the same registrant on November 12 and November 19, 2012.
Microsoft submitted a Complaint to the National Arbitration Forum electronically on December 3, 2012; the National Arbitration Forum received payment on December 3, 2012. There are plenty of names that use a big company TM that are registered for years before they file a UDRP for the names.
Microsoft may have acted fast because they pointed out the following:
- Respondent is offering e-mail addresses at these domains for sale on a gaming-focused forum.
- Respondent initially attempted to sell e-mail addresses corresponding to the disputed domains, but later elected to give them away.
- Respondent’s acquisition of email addresses containing Complainant’s marks was an attempt to impersonate Complainant in order to conduct phishing or similar scams.
Companies must act fast if someone out there is using their domain for more than parking, potential phishing scams is something that the consumer must not associate with your brand and was probably why they acted so fast. It should be pointed out no one was proved to have been phishing, but Microsoft must have been worried that there was the possibilty for such confusion.